Some Carrbrook residents evacuated as moorland fire spreads
Tuesday 26th June 2018 @ 12:04 by Tom Greggan
News Tameside

Some residents in Carrbrook have been evacuated from their homes as flames from the huge moorland fire continue to spread towards residential areas. Other residents in the area told to pack a bag and stand by for evacuation.

Having originally took hold near Buckton Vale, the fire has spread to Dovestones and Tintwistle and is now edging closer to residential areas. The smoke is also causing problems and can be smelt across Greater Manchester.

This is the view in Carrbrook as residents face the prospect of evacuation.

One resident who has been evacuated told the Tameside Reporter: “We’ve been evacuated but not told where to go. We can’t wait outside; all the firemen and police are walking round in masks, it’s so bad. We’re going to family and then maybe a hotel.”

Mossley Hollins High School has confirmed it will be closed tomorrow.

The fire originally took hold on Sunday evening, but crews extinguished it with help from a local gamekeeper.

However, the fire reignited early Monday morning and has been raging ever since, devastating a large portion of moorland near to Buckton Hill. Firefighters have been tackling the flames, assisted by a range of other organisations such as Mountain Rescue Teams, Peak Park staff and Unitied Utilities.

Oldham Mountain Rescue Team assisted the fire service for around eight hours yesterday. Team Leader Matt Nield said: β€œWe got the call at around 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon as the fire service requested us as back up. We had ten members assisting them with medical cover, fire spotting and getting people off the hill.”

Dramatic photos and video highlight the extent of the fire, including dramatic images of the flames, which could be seen from across Tameside overnight.

Residents awoke to smoke and ash this morning, as one Carrbrook village resident posted on Twitter:

This dramatic drone footage shows scale of the fire.

Providing an update at 4.30pm this afternoon, Group Manager for Tameside and Stockport Phil Nelson said: β€œCrews are still tacking this difficult fire and are working hard to contain the blaze and prevent further fire spread. Firefighters are faced with very difficult circumstances, intense heat and are working on challenging terrain

β€œOur main considerations are for crew welfare, it is physically draining working at this incident and it is vital that our firefighters have regular breaks and that relief crews are available to take over. I would like to thank the Salvation Army for keeping our crews fed and watered during this incident.

β€œWe are coordinating our efforts with our partners at the Peak District, United Utilities and Ranger Services and will continue to into the evening.

β€œIf you live locally and smoke is an issue, please close your windows and doors.”

Smoke plumes from the wildfire at Buckton Vale can be seen from across Greater Manchester. Picture: Martyn Nolan

Richard Meftah, a Top Mossley resident who captured some spectacular images of the blaze, said: “I’m blown away by the scale of the fire. We’ve lived here for twenty years and we get one every couple of months, but I’ve never seen anything like this.

“The smell from the smoke was really bad last night and you could see the ash falling.”

Public Health England have issued the following advice for those living close to the fire:

Sports days at Buckton Vale Primary School in Stalybridge and Rosehill Primary School in Ashton have been cancelled, with pupils at Buckton Vale spending their break and dinner times inside.

Tesco Stalybridge have kindly donated two trolleys full of bottled water to the firefighters tackling the blaze.

Stalybridge & Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds posted on Facebook: “Thank you to the brave teams of firefighters who have worked non-stop for over 24 hours to control the moorland fire between Stalybridge, Mossley and Greenfield, in excessive temperatures. You are true public servants. If you can see the smoke, keep your windows shut. The cause is not yet determined as far I know, but this kind of destruction seems needless, heartbreaking and costly. My thoughts are with the landowners, the species affected, and all who enjoy using the land.”

 

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